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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ The General Commissioners had erred in law in concluding that the ancillary lighting was plant.
▪ We should err on the side of restraint, rather than of excess.
▪ The church has already erred on this side in the counsel it has given battered women.
▪ It is best therefore to err on the quiet side and to use percussion sparingly rather than to excess.
▪ So they dropped a dime in order to err on the safe side.
▪ Voltaire's work is, arguably, offensive but one should err on the side of allowing it to be available.
▪ But travel agents are urging their clients to err on the side of caution.
▪ The therapist should always err on the side of caution; the hypotheses set up are merely shrewd guesses.
▪ Typically, Burgess says, forecasters err on the side of caution by issuing a severe storm warning.
▪ Cannon errs in labeling his critics as mindless pessimists.
▪ And yes, they did err.
▪ But each of the networks erred in similar ways.
▪ But travel agents are urging their clients to err on the side of caution.
▪ For this reason the guidelines here tend to err on the cautious side.
▪ It is best therefore to err on the quiet side and to use percussion sparingly rather than to excess.
▪ It is understandable for health authorities to err on the side of caution, as these guidelines will not apply to everyone.
▪ Music as a background for drama is a much trickier area, but you should err on the side of understatement.
▪ The Edmonton editors now agree that they erred.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Err \Err\ ([~e]r), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Erred; p. pr. & vb. n. Erring (?; 277, 85).] [F. errer, L. errare; akin to G. irren, OHG. irran, v. t., irr[=o]n, v. i., OS. irrien, Sw. irra, Dan. irre, Goth, a['i]rzjan to lead astray, airzise astray.]

  1. To wander; to roam; to stray. [Archaic] ``Why wilt thou err from me?''

    What seemeth to you, if there were to a man an hundred sheep and one of them hath erred.
    --Wyclif (Matt. xviii. 12).

  2. To deviate from the true course; to miss the thing aimed at. ``My jealous aim might err.''

  3. To miss intellectual truth; to fall into error; to mistake in judgment or opinion; to be mistaken.

    The man may err in his judgment of circumstances.

  4. To deviate morally from the right way; to go astray, in a figurative sense; to do wrong; to sin.

    Do they not err that devise evil?
    --Prov. xiv. 22.

  5. To offend, as by erring.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

c.1300, from Old French errer "go astray, lose one's way; make a mistake; transgress," from Latin errare "wander, go astray," figuratively "be in error," from PIE root *ers- (1) "be in motion, wander around" (cognates: Sanskrit arsati "flows;" Old English ierre "angry; straying;" Old Frisian ire "angry;" Old High German irri "angry," irron "astray;" Gothic airziþa "error; deception;" the Germanic words reflecting the notion of anger as a "straying" from normal composure). Related: Erred; erring.


vb. 1 (context intransitive English) To make a mistake. 2 (context intransitive English) To sin. 3 (context archaic English) to stray.

  1. v. to make a mistake or be incorrect [syn: mistake, slip]

  2. wander from a direct course or at random; "The child strayed from the path and her parents lost sight of her"; "don't drift from the set course" [syn: stray, drift]


Err is the verb form of error or mistake.

Err, err or ERR may also refer to:

Usage examples of "err".

For it says there: He who has been involved in one kind or sect of heresy, or has erred in one article of the faith or sacrament of the Church, and has afterwards specifically and generally abjured his heresy: if thereafter he follows another kind or sect of heresy, or errs in another article or sacrament of the Church, it is our will that he be judged a backslider.

By undermining his confidence, he again worried that maybe he had erred in administering the anesthesia that fateful day.

That we do not err in ascribing this belief to Paul we might summon the whole body of the Fathers to testify in almost unbroken phalanx, from Polycarp to St.

Let others flatter Crime, where it sits throned In brief Omnipotence: secure are they: For Justice, when triumphant, will weep down Pity, not punishment, on her own wrongs, Too much avenged by those who err.

So, although he may yet be a bit of a bumbler, something of a bookish boob, a man given to a bit too much drinking, and still a klutz much top humanly prone to err, let us keep sight of the fact that he is learning something of the verities of Life-for he is, above all, a man of good intentions.

It was not the five-bladed slave whip, invented for the full and perfect punishment of an erring slave girl, but only a light, one-bladed bosk whip, little more than a switch of leather, a mere incitement and encouragement to better performance on the part of a slacking plow beast, but it struck my back like a hot snake and a rifle shot.

Each of them offered plenty of traps and checkmates should Black err, but each of them seemed to fail against correct play, and they had to assume Bunnish would play correctly.

Her crimes were procuring abortion and killing erring mothers, substituting the living for the dead, and in one case a boy for a girl, thus giving him the enjoyment of property which did not belong to him.

It was unlikely that something had happened to Sara, but Durant preferred to err on the side of caution.

For the ratty has come-to-be in the errancy where the rat errs and so fosters error.

And even if we should happen to err on the side of mercy to ourselves, without our fault, justice is satisfied, being fallible like all things human.

After all, there is nothing to connect Jacques Faucon and his erring wife with the ci-devant Marquis de Saint-Gilbert.

Dengar had never had much of a reputation, but if he and this woman were hanging around with Boba Fett, it would be better to err on the side of caution.

If Vorneen chose to look slightly too handsome, if Glair had erred in the direction of voluptuousness, if Mirtin wished to be self-effacingly unglamorous, those all were permissible options.

A race recollection, deeper and more sure than her own haulting memory told her at once that she had not erred.